Tuesday, 5 March 2019
As part of a move to increase membership in Rotary and to highlight the work of the Rotary movement, Rotary International’s President Barry Rassin has earlier in his term of office encouraged clubs and districts to organise informal community event called Rotary Day/s. Rassin said “Rotary Days events will offer you the chance to have an impact in your community, build long-term partnerships, increase interest in membership, and improve Rotary’s image”. In response, District 3310 has designated 23 Feb 2019 as Rotary Day. Many clubs followed up on DG Henry’s call to come up with programmes for Rotary Day. They worked hard to help translate Rassin’s wish into concrete actions. As a result, many events took place across the district on 23 Feb 2019 with the events being beamed live across social media platform. The photographs shown below are highlights of the events which took place on 23 Feb 2019.
In Singapore Rotary Day was publicised in our local media (English and Chinese) to create greater public awareness of Rotary. There were many events held and these include Zumba mass exercise, health talk of stroke, comedy, magic and puppet show. MP Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District was invited to grace the occasion and to give a speech.
Newspaper publicity in English
Another article in our English newspaper
Newspaper publicity in Chinese
A list of events in Singapore
Guest-of-Honour Mayor Denise Phua visiting our Singapore National Stroke Association booth.
Our Guest-of-Honour Mayor Denise Phua delivering her speech.
Stroke Prevention Talk organised by RC Garden City
Health Check: Test For Blood Sugar
DG Henry Tan at a booth.
DG Henry hands-on participation.
In East Malaysia many clubs collaborated on joint events. A number of such events were reported in the local media.
RC Sarikei and RC Sibu came together to donate 105 cataract lens to low income people.
RC Kuching South held a movie event for needy people.
In Kota Kinabalu 10 Rotary Clubs worked with Interactors joined to organise an International Understanding Bazaar at the Suria Sabah Shopping Complex. The Guest-of-Honour was DCM YB Datuk Christina Liew (also the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment).
In Kuching 5 Rotary clubs (Kuching, Kuching Central, Kuching Jaya, Kuching South and Kuching Unity City) worked together to hold an event comprising Health Screening and Anti-Dengue Talk at CityONE Megamall. The event was officiated by Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian. Two units of fogging machines were handed over to the Sarawak Dept of Health. PDG Ir John Cheah was one of the guest speakers for the Dengue Awareness session.
RC Muar organised a tree planting event.
RC Miri and Belait organised a publicity event at Miri State Library.
RC of Batu Pahat held a family outing at the beach.
At the same time it is noted that 23 Feb is the anniversary of the founding of Rotary. Under the constitution of Rotary clubs the week of the anniversary of Rotary’s founding (23 February) is called World Understanding and Peace Week. Clubs in Singapore commemorated the 114th birthday of Rotary by organising a dinner function at Holiday Inn Singapore. The Guest-of-Honour for the event was Her Excellency Barbara Plinkert, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union in Singapore, who spoke on t “Linking Continents, Regions and People: the EU-ASEAN Partnership.
RC of Sandakan and RC Sandakan North celebrated WUPD together.